FAQS

What is your mission?

The mission of Renovation Alliance is to bring volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners in need.  We work to preserve and revitalize houses and communities, ensuring that low-income homeowners – particularly older adults, individuals with disabilities, families with children, and active or retired members of the armed services – can live independently in homes that are safe and healthy.

Do homeowners pay for their repairs?

All repairs are completed at no charge to qualified homeowners. Labor and many supplies are donated. Homeowners are asked to welcome the volunteers into their homes and work alongside them to the extent they are able.

Who sponsors Renovation Alliance?

Our funds come from generous individuals, corporations, foundations, civic organizations and faith-based organizations that are interested in helping to rehabilitate homes and stabilize neighborhoods.

Renovation Alliance manages its own fundraising, publicity, volunteer recruitment, and repair projects.  Funds raised in the Roanoke Valley go directly to supporting projects in our service area- Cities of Roanoke and Salem and the Counties of Roanoke, Botetourt, Craig, Floyd, and Franklin.

Renovation Alliance is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization supported by voluntary contributions of time and money.  Every dollar given is spent wisely and is an investment in building a better America.

Is my contribution tax-deductible?

Yes, Renovation Alliance is a 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions are tax-deductible. All funds raised support projects in the Roanoke Valley.

What type of work does Renovation Alliance do?

General Repair & Maintenance – Upgrading electrical and plumbing; structural repairs; repairing roofs; addressing issues cited by city or county housing inspections; and additional repairs as needed.

Weatherization & Energy Efficiency Improvements – Installing insulation; caulking; re-glazing or replacing windows; replacing appliances with Energy Star-rated models; installing low-flow water faucets and toilets; and more.

Safety and Accessibility Modifications – Installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, grab bars, shower seats, raised toilets, stairway rails, and no-slip stair treads; building wheelchair-accessible ramps; and eliminating trip and fall hazards.

How are projects selected?

Projects are selected through an application process.  Applications can be obtained by clicking here or by calling our office at (540) 400-0959.  Completed applications are submitted to Renovation Alliance, where they are reviewed for eligibility by our board and staff.  Once minimum qualifications are verified, staff and board members complete a home review.  Qualified projects are matched with volunteer teams as funding allows.

Homeowner applicants must own or make mortgage payments on the home for which they are applying; reside in the home full time; and be up-to-date with tax payments. The household income must be at or below 80% of area median income. Determination is based on household size.  80% of area median income for Roanoke City is $50,300 for a family of four.

How can I help?

Sponsor a Renovation Project

As a sponsor of Renovation Alliance, you will enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that your resources are matched with those of the community to provide at least $4 worth of community value for every dollar you invest.  Sponsors have an opportunity to bring employees/organization members together for a unique team-building experience while making a difference in the lives of low-income homeowners.  Projects are identified in areas that match the sponsor’s location or interests and the skill set of the volunteer teams.  Skilled trade people are recruited as needed. For information, please contact info@RenovateAll.org or call (540) 400-0959.

A full House Sponsorship is $2,800 and includes all project materials and lunches and t-shirts for all volunteers. Renovation Alliance will also provide a yard sign featuring your group’s logo and/or title to display at the project site. Remember, RA is able to turn every $1 into a $4 value so your donation of $2,800 will actually generate $12,000- $20,000 worth of good in your community.

Volunteers

Groups can volunteer in the following capacities:

Skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled volunteers are welcomed to provide home repair services throughout the year.

Licensed contractors are needed to provide certain home repairs. Materials are supplied by Renovation Alliance, but we need your time and talents!

If you are interested in volunteering with Renovation Alliance, please contact us at info@RenovateAll.org or (540) 400-0959.

Does Renovation Alliance accept donations of new or used materials?

New and used building materials, supplies, usable home fixtures and tools are always needed. Call the Renovation Alliance offices at 540-400-0959 to determine suitability.

What if my group cannot fund an entire project?

Renovation Alliance appreciates sponsorships of any size. If your group is unable to provide a full house sponsorship but is able to contribute at least half of the sponsorship, we can match you with another group to form a full house sponsor.